4th World Radyo: The Hidden American Gulag: TheAngryindian Speaks with George Mallinckrodt —
Summary: TheAngryindian speaks with US Psychotherapist and Prisoner Rights Advocate George C. Mallinckrodt, (georgemallinckrodt.com / Twitter – @GeoMallinckrodt) author of ‘Getting Away With Murder: A True Story‘ (2014) based on the tragic and violent death of Darren Rainey, a mentally-challenged state of Florida prison inmate who was literally ‘cooked to death’ while in custody as a punishment by vindictive correctional guards. They discuss the unconscionable lack of basic human rights and due process accorded to the incarcerated and the absurd levels of routine violence and horrible death-by-officer cases faced by the mentally ill and other vulnerable populations within the largest prison-complex in the world. // Listen / Download: 01:02:35 – mp3 / 01:02:35 – ogg
Florida Won’t Charge Prison Guards Who Allegedly Boiled Schizophrenic Black Man Darren Rainey to Death | Miami New Times – On June 23, 2012, Darren Rainey, a schizophrenic man serving time for cocaine possession, was thrown into a prison shower at the Dade Correctional Institution. The water was turned up to 180 degrees — hot enough to steep tea or cook ramen noodles. As his punishment, four corrections officers — John Fan Fan, Cornelius Thompson, Ronald Clarke, and Edwina Williams — kept Rainey in that shower for two full hours. Rainey was heard screaming, “Please take me out! I can’t take it anymore!” and kicking the shower door. Inmates said prison guards laughed at Rainey and shouted, “Is it hot enough?” Rainey died inside that shower. He was found crumpled on the floor. When his body was pulled out, nurses said burns covered 90 percent of his body. A nurse said his body temperature was too high to register with a thermometer. And his skin fell off at the touch. But in an unconscionable decision, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle’s office announced Friday that the four guards who oversaw what amounted to a medieval-era boiling will not be charged with a crime.
Black Prisoner Is Boiled To Death And No One Gets Charged – Your Black World – According to reports, Rainey was taken to the shower after he smeared himself with feces. The walls of his cell and his bedsheets were also covered. After entering the shower, that’s when the story gets confusing.
Fellow inmates tell Daily Mail they heard Rainey screaming for help, but their claims were proven not credible. Rainey was found lying face up in the shower in about 3 inches of water.
“Several witnesses said Rainey’s skin appeared to be peeled back or reddish in some spots – one inmate claimed he looked like a ‘boiled lobster’ – but an autopsy found this ‘slippage’ was most likely caused by friction or pressure on his moist and warm skin.”
Fla. prison guards won’t face charges in Darren Rainey’s death – NY Daily News – The investigation found no evidence that officers at the Dade Correctional Institution regularly used the hot shower to punish or torture inmates, as some of them claimed after Rainey’s death. Assistant State Attorneys Kathleen Hoague and Johnette Hardiman said in the 72-page memo that one inmate’s assertions that Rainey was screaming for help and had been scalded to death were unfounded.
“The evidence fails to show that any correctional officer acted in reckless disregard of Rainey’s life,” they wrote.
King: Darren Rainey’s brutal ’12 prison death ruled accident – NY Daily News – Battling mental illness, with one month to go in a two-year sentence in the psychiatric ward of the Dade County prison for the victimless nonviolent offense of cocaine possession without the intent to distribute, Darren Rainey would soon experience a death so cruel and so violent and so unthinkably heinous that we would expect such a thing to happen only in a country governed by a so-called evil dictator.
It’s almost too ugly to type.
After allegedly defecating in his cell, Rainey was locked into a tight shower cell and blasted for nearly two hours with water that was over 180 scolding hot degrees in temperature. Begging for his life, screaming apologies and remorse so loud that other inmates could hear them, the officers kept the water so hot and forceful that the steam began to melt off Darren Rainey’s skin.
Video shows Rainey forced into the shower at 7:38 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m.
Florida prosecutors refuse to charge guards for trapping prisoner in hot shower until it killed him | The Independent – Prosecutors in Florida have announced they will not be bringing charges against four prison guards who held a black, schizophrenic prison inmate in a hot shower for hours.
The memo, released on Friday by the office of the Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, concluded Darren Rainey had died in part because of undiagnosed heart disease and suffered no scalding injuries.
It ends a nearly five-year probe into the death of the 50-year-old at the Dale Correctional Institution where he was serving a two-year sentence on a cocaine charge.
Rainey was taken to the shower on 23 June 2012 after he had smeared faeces on himself, the walls of his cell and his bedsheets, according to the memo written by Assistant State Attorneys Kathleen Hoague and Johnette Hardiman.
The shower, which was operated from an adjoining room by a corrections officer to prevent inmates from turning it off, was activated but Rainey refused to stand under the water, according to the memo.